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COPPIN, Richard (fl. 1646--1659)
[A blow at the serpent. 1754]
A blow at the serpent; or a gentle answer from Maidstone Prison to appease wrath, advancing itself against truth and peace at Rochester. Together with the work of four days disputes, in the cathedral of Rochester, in the county of Kent, between several ministers, and Richard Coppin, preacher there, to whom very many people frequently came to hear, ... at the fame whereof the ministers in those parts began to ring in their pulpits, ... The whole matter written by the hearers on both sides. Published for the confirmation and comfort of all such as receive the truth in the love of it. By Richard Coppin, now in Maidstone Prison for the witness of Jesus. Twenty five articles since brought against him by the Ministers, as blasphemy, and his answers to them, ... To which is added, his Threefold state of a Christian.
London: printed in the year 1656. Reprinted and sold by Henry Fenwick, 1754.
7, [1], 7-8, [13]-120, 16, 6p. ; 20.6 cm. (8º)

First published in 1656. Previously issued by Henry Fenwick in an undated edition, probably in 1763. The 'Epistle to the Reader' pp. [3]--7 is dated 'From my Prison-house at Maidstone in Kent, Feb. 12, 1656'. Caption title on p. [13]: 'Truth's Triumph, Or The Triumphing of Truth, Over The Enemies and Aspersers thereof. In several Disputes holden at the Cathedral Church, of the City of Rochester, ... between several Ministers, and Richard Coppin, on several Days.' Includes 'The Twenty Five Articles, called Blasphemy, brought against Richard Coppin by the Ministers of Kent, and for which he was sent to Prison, with his Answers to them.' (16 pp.); and 'The Threefold State of a Christian' (6 pp.) each having separate register and pagination. ESTC n15285.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the title-page. Bound (1) in a collection of tracts on religious subjects.

Binding Later C19th half calf, blind double-ruled borders, brown morocco-grained binder's cloth boards, blind-ruled and gilt-dotted spine, black spine-label, gilt-lettered 'Pamphlets Theology. 1656. 1792.'. Numbered '78' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 5513


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